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Wisdom From A Toddler: How To Ask The Right Questions

Wisdom From A Toddler: How To Ask The Right Questions

Inspiration can come from some of the most unexpected places – like a viral video on Facebook. In this clip (which already has nearly 300,000 views!), little Jake Boone, an adorable toddler with an endearing southern drawl, helps his mom put together an impressive grocery list. Strawberries, milk and cheese, sketti, taco stuff, ‘nanas, ‘tatoes, and so much more! All it takes is asking one simple question, over and over again: “What else?”   As entertaining and cute as this video is, little Jake Boone has some wisdom to pass on. He’s a natural when it

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Hurricane Helpers

Hurricane Helpers

In times of trouble, you can’t go wrong with a healthy dose of Mr. Rogers. If anyone can find a silver lining in a hurricane, it’s a friendly, red cardigan-wearing puppeteer who can calmly explain divorce to children. So, in the wake of Hurricane Florence, I turned to our friendly neighbor for some much-needed advice. As he said, “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.”” So I went looking. And, as

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Good Works in the Wake of Hurricane Florence

Good Works in the Wake of Hurricane Florence

“Bad things do happen in the world, like war, natural disasters, disease. But out of those situations always arise stories of ordinary people doing extraordinary things.” ~ Daryn Kagan Tragedy and disaster come in many forms, bringing with them unexpected opportunities for ordinary people to step up and do extraordinary things. On the anniversary of 9/11, one of our nation’s greatest tragedies, I reflected on those who carve good works from tragic events. Today, I want to reflect on those who are helping us recover and rebuild in the wake of one of the

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Hungry For Success

Hungry For Success

I’ve been starting my Mondays off at Matchmaker Logistics for the past seventeen years – that’s eight hundred and eighty-seven Mondays for those keeping score at home. I’m lucky to spend my Monday mornings doing something I love. But not everyone is as lucky as I’ve been. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average American switches jobs every 4.2 years. And while the prospect of the grass being greener in another position is often tempting, the job search itself can be exhausting. In the age of the Internet, job searches aren’t limited to the locals

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Nothing’s More Thrilling Than Tanker Capacity

Nothing's More Thrilling Than Tanker Capacity

You might remember a recent article about Nutella and the trucking capacity crisis, which, in addition to making us all hungry for Nutella, discussed the idea of capacity in trucking. To sum it all up – there’s only a finite amount of trucks, roads, and people to drive them. And nowhere is that more true than with tanker trucks. Tanker trucks are a special subset of the freight vehicles we all know and love. Made to carry large amounts of potentially corrosive or dangerous liquid, with great limitations come great responsibility (to paraphrase one of

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Who Is This Kiki, Anyhow?

Who Is This Kiki, Anyhow?

Whoever she is, she’s about to get a challenge of her own! Like Bob (and the rest of the internet), I’ve been following the Kiki challenge. Admittedly, I wasn’t into it at first. I don’t listen to a lot of Drake, and I generally try and stay away from anything that lands people in the hospital or gets them hit by passing cars. But what can I say? Something (or, ahem…someone) got me interested. (It was this Dancing Dentist.) Dr. Rich Constantine of Constantine Dental is currently my #1 crush. I know Drake gets

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Doing The Kiki Challenge

Doing The Kiki Challenge

Dangerous dancing and dentists.  Sounds like a crazy combination, but they’re both connected to the latest viral challenge.  You’ll never believe how I learned about the Kiki Challenge. It didn’t start dangerously. Internet comedian Shiggy posted a video of him busting some moves to the song “In My Feelings,” from rapper Drake’s recent album. Called the Kiki Challenge by most, the challenge gets its name from the song’s opening line: “Kiki, do you love me? Are you riding?” When you’re an internet comedian like Shiggy and your friends are NFL players like New York Giants wide

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Monogrammed Madness

Monogrammed Madness

I’m not complaining, but Summertime in the South can require a lot of gear. Coolers for picnics, drink cups and koozies for sporting events, and towels for a day at the beach. Fortunately, we’ve developed a method of keeping track of whose goodies are whose – and that’s monogramming everything. The desire to put our initials all over everything is nothing new. Humans have been monogramming things for thousands of years. Ancient Greek city-states were branding coins with their initials as far back as 350 BC. In the Middle Ages, monograms were reserved for royalty or

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Introducing Our Legion of Superheroes

Introducing Our Legion of Superheroes

You hear from me (via this Fuel for Thought column) or Mary (via Just Another Mary Monday) almost every week. But while Mary and I tag team with our Matchmaker musings, we’re far from the only ones who make things tick at Matchmaker Logistics. Every once in a while, I like to use this space to introduce readers to our elite All-Star Squadron of Carrier Sales Representatives and the Fantastic Force that supports them. You might remember previous entries about Reid Setliff’s recent wedding or his favorite sauce for grilling chicken. Perhaps you remember why airport security considers Kendra Rhodes a

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The Magic Of Cruising

The Magic Of Cruising

My family and I just returned from our summer vacation, a trip aboard the Disney Magic. I’ve written before about the Disney Magic, an eleven-deck, eighty-four-thousand-ton cruise ship. It’s a good way for the kids to get their Disney fix without the madness of waiting in theme park lines. My youngest, Chloe, loved the Kid’s Club (which is open until midnight!), and my eldest made it her personal goal to slide the new pool slide 100 times before the end of the cruise. (She made it to 97, but missed the last three when the slide was closed

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